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Old Oct 06, 2002, 04:26 PM
mwa423 mwa423 is offline
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Default The best chip for you, I'll lay it all out for you on all the chips

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Ok, i'm getting kind of annoyed with everybody asking what the best chip is so I'll lay it all out (all the major chips) on a few of the chips, I've put what they are compatable, but with all the versions, you'll have to find out yourself. Also, feel free to correct any mistakes I may make.

Neo 2.2 - Good: Cheap, Reliable, Time Tested, Common, good on all versions except v7, no swap for psx backups
Bad: 1 swap for ps2 cd, 2 for ps2 dvdr

Neo 4.1 - Good: Self boots all but dvdr and ea protected games
Bad: Kind of expensive, swap for ea and dvdr games.
Compatable with with 1-6, but many problems with all but v3 and v4 (not compatable with v4 1c.)

Messiah - Good: No swapping, ever, reliable, time tested
Bad: kind of expensive, not a do it yourself job.
Compatable with ntsc v4 1a and 1b, pal - all versions

Magic 2 - Good: No Swapping, ever
Bad: Expensive, hard to install (not diy)
compatable with all versions


Neo 2.6 - Good: Selects gameshark opitions for you
Bad: swap for almost everything
Compatable with v4r and v5r

Rmod (no solder mod) - Good: Easy to install, boots dvdrs well
Bad: Only boots cds under 650 mb, must swap for everything
versions available for v4, v5, and v6.

Sbox/neokey/usb mod - Good: Easy to install
Bad: Royal pain is the *** to boot, must swap at least once for everything, and with some you must turn on and off etc. Had a track record of blowing up lasers
Compatabale with v1-v6.
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 06:59 PM
m_allen1 m_allen1 is offline
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When you say not a do-it-yourself mod, does that mean it's impossible or just difficult if you've never messed around inside a ps2 before? If I khow to solder stuff and everything, would I be able to do it just following the instructions?
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 08:09 PM
madison mods madison mods is offline
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Don't forget the Apple chip! NOT A MAGIC CLONE and works great. They have chips for v4, v4r, v5/6 and v7.
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 08:54 PM
babimrn babimrn is offline
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What about the matrix 2 for ps-2? Is that any good? I see it on the web site but I don't have any info on it? LMK what up with that chip, please.
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 08:57 PM
mwa423 mwa423 is offline
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Madison Mods, I knew I was forgetting something.... China-messiah doesn't have a high opinion of the apple, but I guess it's probably competition.

m_allen1 - If you are good a soldering, not good, but damn good, and by damn good, ask madison mods how easy it is to install a magic 2 or messiah, the points are about 1 mm in size, and they are about 2 mm apart sometimes, and you can't get solder between the two points, hard? You be the judge.

On the chart above I'll make it hard to easy to install

Messiah/Magic 2
Neo 4
Neo 2.6
Neo 2.2
neokey/sbox/usb mod
no solder mod
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Old Oct 06, 2002, 11:55 PM
BadOmen BadOmen is offline
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If you want to see how difficult it is then open up your PS2 and look and the spacing on the bios. If you are experienced at soldering (electronics) then modding is easy, if you never modded something or are nervous about it, then do yourself a favour and get someone else to do it.
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